BAD - Fantasy Baseball Draft Round 23: Andre Ethier among speculation picks

by KFFL Staff on March 3, 2014 @ 07:51:32 PDT

 

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1) 1B James Loney, Tampa Bay Rays

Paul Sporer and Mike Gianella, Baseball Prospectus | Roster

Still needed a corner. While a lot of experts like "upside" at the back end, we already have some BA risks. Loney is a safer play than guys like Justin Smoak, Ike Davis and Mark Reynolds.

2) SP Marcus Stroman, Toronto Blue Jays

Josh Shepardson, The Fantasy Fix | Roster

Toronto Blue Jays SP Marcus Stroman
Stroman not a straw-man pick

The prospect reports on this diminutive starter are glowing, his minor league stats are sparkling, and I was sold when I watched him pitch in the Arizona Fall League on MLB Network. It's not inconceivable he could break camp in the Blue Jays rotation.

3) RP Cody Allen, Cleveland Indians

Ray Flowers, Baseball Guys | Roster

John Axford is no lock to hold on to the Indians closer gig and Allen is likely next in line. Over 77 outings last year Allen had a 2.43 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and an off-the-charts 11.26 K/9.

4) SS Yunel Escobar, Tampa Bay Rays

Pasko Varnica, Mastersball | Roster

In the last round for your starting lineup, you do not want a player who may hurt you and who may not get enough at-bats. Escobar is a full-timer with an upside.

5) RP Mark Melancon, Pittsburgh Pirates

Michael Stein, Fantasy Judgment | Roster

I only have one closer, so I needed to grab another relief pitcher who can get some vulture saves. I was going to take Allen, but he was snatched up right before my pick. I went with Melancon, who was great for the Pirates filling in for Jason Grilli last year. He at least helps with ERA and WHIP.

6) OF Corey Dickerson, Colorado Rockies

Drew Silva, Rotoworld | Roster

Dickerson will serve as my fifth outfielder in this five-outfielder league. He was a .321/.379/.601 hitter in 377 minor league games with hints of decent pop and speed. Might bat leadoff this year atop a potent Rockies lineup.

7) 2B/OF Emilio Bonifacio, Chicago Cubs

Tim Heaney, KFFL | Roster

There were a few safer (and even more exciting) picks I could've made, but Bonifacio's eligibility combo and penchant to run whenever he gets PT solidified this one. He should play at least a few times per week in this lineup -- fine for a bench flyer.

8) OF Nate Schierholtz, Chicago Cubs

Rudy Gamble, Razzball | Roster

There were several options here for OF6/UTIL. Andre Ethier and Matt Joyce profile similarly to Schierholtz (i.e., won't play against LHP), but I think Schierholtz has more playing-time security through the first half. He's also slotted to hit cleanup, which should allow for decent R/RBI. Thought about Gregory Polanco here but wanted to wait a round before prospecting.

9) OF Gregory Polanco, Pittsburgh Pirates

Mark Bloom, RotoExperts | Roster

Milwaukee Brewers 2B Scooter Gennett
Hop on the Scooter for PT

I don't usually like to roster young rookies in deep drafts, but Polanco is the rare exception. He is on the fast track (mid-June) to Pittsburgh and should be an impact player on the base paths as soon as this season.

10) SS Alcides Escobar, Kansas City Royals

Nicholas Minnix, KFFL | Roster

One drawback to waiting for my starting shortstop is that my choices for a backup may not be great. Yep, they weren't. I'm not an Escobar fan -- his skill set was way overrated last year -- but regression to his mean would be a rebound, and then he'd get 25-plus steals.

11) SP Wade Miley, Arizona Diamondbacks

Ryan Bloomfield, Baseball HQ | Roster

Another non-upside late play in my rotation, but that's fine with me. A good walk rate and growing groundball rate give Miley a pretty high floor. He was easily the most stable SP remaining.

12) SP Hector Santiago, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Jeff Paur, RTSports | Roster

I like the potential of Santiago for the coming season. He struggles with his control but has high upside for strikeouts and ERA. If he can get it together, this pick could be a difference-maker for me. I almost took him a few rounds back.

13) OF Lorenzo Cain, Kansas City Royals

He'll provide some depth in the outfield and who knows ... maybe one day he'll stay healthy for a full season and live up to that 15-15 potential.

14) 2B Scooter Gennett, Milwaukee Brewers

Andrew Martinez, Rotowire | Roster

Still needed a MI and Gennett should get plenty of playing time, now with the Rickie Weeks experiment over.

15) OF Andre Ethier, Los Angeles Dodgers

Steve Gardner, USA TODAY/Sports Weekly | Roster

Matt Kemp is hurt and Carl Crawford has a hard time staying healthy. There should be plenty of ABs for Ethier. If everyone is healthy maybe he gets traded.

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